Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Michelle Obama: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

This blog has recently turned into an Obama lovefest, so in the interest of neutrality and before contributors start fainting at the sight of him, we should probably discuss his wife's controversial comments:

“Hope is making a comeback and, let me tell you, for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country. Not just because Barack is doing well, but I think people are hungry for change,”

and for a little more context, also:

“I have seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues and it has made me proud,”

Obviously the controversy is over the comment that would leave people to believe that Michelle Obama is/was either-

1. Really REALLY disenchanted with her country.
2. Lacking in a sufficient amount of patriotism to be First Lady.

Naturally, Obama opponents would argue the latter is true, as someone as well off as Michelle Obama clearly couldn't be totally lacking in U.S. pride since the age of 18/21. This goes back to a previous point I made when Hillary became embroiled in Johnson/Civil Rightsgate, which is - You have to manage rhetoric for the current media. Hillary and Michelle's comments may have been fine back in the 1960s when Presidents and candidates for President received four times as much airtime, but current media sound bites for high ranking political figures average between 12 to 15 seconds, leaving no time for context. What was true for the Clinton camp is true too for the Obama camp - If you want to make statements to rally a base, make sure the revolution is not being televised.